PERHAPS IT WAS her early experience of sorrow that gave
Mrs. Roosevelt her forbearance and compassion. She did not
hesitate to condemn acts of injustice and unkindness, but she
rarely complained when these were directed against her. Her
own husband had been the source of enormous hurt in their
marriage, but her reminiscences of FDR and their life together
were consistently admiring and affectionate. She clearly agreed
with Churchill’s perspective of FDR’s role in world history.
As she had remained loyal to him in life, so Eleanor Roose-
velt remained loyal to her husband in death. On his birthday,
as William Turner Levy discovered, it was her practice to take
flowers to his grave in the Rose Garden and weave them, after
a prayer, into an elaborate floral design.
MRS. ROOSEVELT INVITED Sir Campbell Stuart for dinner at Val-Kill Cottage and invited me for the weekend because she felt that it would be an opportunity I would value. As treasurer of the committee to create a memorial to FDR